Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No Limitations of Design with Wood Look Tiles

Herringbone patterns in two color tones create a fun chevron pattern.
I think we all recognize wood-look tiles as a very popular trend at the moment. But think outside the box with ways to install your wood tile to give it a unique look! Traditionally you would install your wood-looks in a 1/3 random offset pattern to give the appearance of a hardwood floor, but just like any other tile you can combine colors or create a pattern to give your design its' own character.

Using a tile that has a high variation in pattern and tones in one way to give your design more color. Another way to introduce different colors into the space is to pick a tile series that offers a variety of solid color tones. To the right you see a herringbone pattern in contrasting colors in Florida Tile's Natura series that we installed in the H.Winter Tile showroom. The defined color pattern creates a chevron pattern for a fun, modern design. The example of the wall below shows how you can use a more subtle, random color blend adds depth and character on simple accent wall. 

This wall display using Florida Tile's Natura Series is a traditional offset layout with three different color tones creating interest.
If you want to stick to one color to keep the design more uniform or contemporary, maybe you would choose to use a tile that has a more modern flair with less natural wood grain. And just because you generally see wood installed in an offset pattern doesn't mean you can't be a rule breaker. Try a stacked pattern for a bit more modern edge and a simpler pattern. Below you also see images of a basketweave pattern or alternating the direction of the tile to create any style you want.

Go ahead...break the rules of tradition and let us know what you come up with!

Mediterranea Dream - Contemporary Wood-Look Porcelain Tile
Basketweave Pattern

Non-Traditional Pattern with a Wood-Look Porcelain Tile

Install Porcelain Wood-Look Tiles in Alternating Directions for a Unique Style

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Backsplash or Kitchen Jewelry?

Statement pieces are all the rage. A statement piece of jewelry can complete your outfit, jazzing up even the simplest ensemble. Colorful pillows and decorative accents add pops of color in an otherwise monotone room. So you're dressed to the nines and your living room is warm and inviting, but aren't we forgetting about something? Maybe, the room that's referred to as the heart of the home. That's right, your kitchen! I can sum up most of our reader's dream kitchens in three words: white, stainless, and marble. Now that you're imagining a crisp and clean white chef's kitchen, keep in mind that too much white in your kitchen can feel cold, sterile and unwelcoming.

Houzz blogger Jennifer Ott, stated in her article, Cooking with Color “you'll see that most of the kitchens you've been saving to your idea books, while predominantly white, also tend to include natural wood in some way — usually in the form of flooring or furniture, which adds warmth, charm and character." Ott adds, "Make sure your snowy walls, cabinets and counters don't feel cold while you're riding white's popularity peak"

Now don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate white subway tiles and think they can look clean and chic. But I am ready to admit a little color is a welcome change. You see, white makes the perfect backdrop for small dashes of bold color. Read that last part again, White makes the perfect backdrop for small dashes of bold color. Cue the tile guru! Now imagine those basic white kitchens, clean and crisp, yet stark and sterile. Wouldn't the back splash be the perfect place to add some color, warmth or texture? Perhaps jewelry for your kitchen, a statement piece to tie your space all together. Take the following pictures for example, the blue and green back splashes add color and personality to an otherwise boring and monotone space.

In the previous photos, the styles are contemporary; however, in this next photo, a colorful back splash is utilized in a traditional and classic white kitchen adding color and pattern to an otherwise washed out space.

Back splashes are also a great way to add texture and pattern as well as color to your kitchen. In these mosaics, visual interest is added artistically with the use of lines and shapes.
 Now this, is just icing on the cake (remember were still in the kitchen, corny food puns are permitted!) Notice, the colored back splashes expand your color palette while still having the trendy white kitchen. Here, the decorative dishes echo the colors in the back splash, ultimately tying the whole space together.

Colored back splashes are a fun and exciting way to expand your color palette while still having a clean and modern kitchen. Next time you are dreaming of a white kitchen, just remember a colorful back splash can add the perfect finishing touch, just like a fabulous necklace can accentuate any outfit!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Trendy Bathroom Ideas

The tile industry has become very creative at making new products in porcelain, glass, or metal that can withstand the moisture of a bathroom while offering a great new updated look to the space. We aren't limited to glossy ceramic tiles...the options are endless.

Porcelain Wood Look Tile as Corner Accent in Shower
Wood look tiles are great option for bathroom floors, sometimes you will find natural wood flooring in the bathrooms of older homes. You can apply that look with a porcelain tile and not have to worry about the maintenance of wood floors and the damage that can be caused by the humidity in bathrooms. The wood tiles are not only a great design option for bathroom floors, but for shower walls or wainscoting as well.

Glass tiles are a way to give your walls or even your floors a luminescent, spa-like look. Glass mosaic and larger glass tiles can be used as backsplashes, accents on your floor, shower floors, accents on the wall, or used as a whole shower. How much or how little you want to use depends on your style and your budget. Large format glass tiles like Original Style Glass Works 12"x24" tiles offer a range of colors and styles creating an eye catching design.

Original Style Aurora Borealis 12"x24" Glass Tile Accent Wall
Lunada Bay Sumi-e Hokkaido Natural Brick Mosaic
Original Style Valen Stainless/Stone/Glass Mosaic
Another current trend is metal tiles, from stainless steel to antiqued copper. You can find a variety of sizes and colors in metal mosaics, decoratives, or larger field tiles. When using metal tiles in a bathroom you need to be aware of the manufacturer's recommendations. Most metals will naturally patina causing them to turn a darker shade or rust. It takes years and years for copper to turn green, but without the proper maintenance you may end up with a look you weren't anticipating. When use properly, metal mosaics offer a great design element in the space that can go from ultra modern to rustic.